Coyotes Re-sign Keller to Eight-Year Extension
The Arizona Coyotes re-signed forward Clayton Keller to an eight-year contract extension. Reports indicate the deal is worth $57.2 million, with an annual average value of $7.15 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a big pay raise for the 21-year-old Keller, who’s entering the final season of his entry-level contract worth an AAV of over $1.6 million when factoring in performance bonuses (stick tap to Cap Friendly).
A versatile forward who can play center or wing, Keller made an impressive NHL debut in 2017-18 with 65 points to lead the Coyotes in scoring. For his effort, he was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Keller struggled through his sophomore campaign and his production dropped to just 47 points. Nevertheless, he was the Coyotes leading scorer for the second straight season.
The Coyotes showed a lot of faith in Keller with this hefty new deal. In a statement following the signing, general manager John Chayka called the youngster “elite in every sense of the word”, singling out his playmaking skills and character.
The pressure’s on for young Keller to deliver. A return to 60-plus points this season will go a long way toward alleviating concerns. Fortunately, his prime playing years are still ahead. He’ll be a key component in the Coyotes’ quest to end their lengthy playoff drought this season.